After two months of 45 over league action the region’s cricketers attention turned to the short form of the game on Sunday as the new-look Rutland League Twenty20 competition kicked-off.
The competition which is held across two weekends involves all of the current Rutland League Division One teams and the promoted two from last year’s Division Two.
The 12 teams have been split into four groups of three and on Sunday they played each other in a round robin competition in each group, with the winners progressing to a second weekend of competition.
In Group A Barnack hosted Bourne and Ufford and to no surprise local heavyweights Bourne won both their matches to progress to the semi-finals.
Bourne’s swashbuckling big hitting was on display in their two victories with Pete Morgan 137 smashing against Barnack and Carl Wilson reaching his century in the win over 100 Ufford.
Nassington was the location for the Group B matches between March Town and Wisbech Town
Wisbech progress to the next round.
In Group C Finedon Dolben progressed after hosting Stamford Town and Market Deeping.
Finally in Group D Oundle move on after coming out on top in the pool that included Uppingham and Market Overton.
The semi-finals and finals will take place at Finedon on Sunday.
Up first at 10.30am Oundle face Wisbech before the hosts Finedon take on big hitting Bourne at 1.30pm.
The winners will fight it out for the title in the final from 4.30pm.